AJR Mourns the passing of Debbie Friedman, z”l

March 20, 2015 | Filed in: News

The Academy For Jewish Religion acknowledges with a deep sense of sadness and loss the untimely passing of Deborah Lynn Friedman – a pioneer, innovator and teacher of Jewish music who touched our lives and hearts with her gift of song. … Continue reading »


Supreme Court Overturns DOMA

June 26, 2013 | Filed in: News

The Academy for Jewish Religion supports and celebrates the Supreme Courts’ striking down of DOMA.  We stand with those who continue to work for equality, and appreciate our all having been created in God’s image.


Ordination Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 20, 2013 | Filed in: News, Ordination

AJR ordained five new rabbis and honored Rabbi Aryeh Meir with the Faculty Award and Rabbi Chuck Lightner with the Alumni Award. Click here for the invitation. To learn more about the students who were ordained, please read their bios.


Shock and sadness at the events at the Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013 | Filed in: News

The Academy for Jewish Religion expresses its shock and sadness at the events at the Boston Marathon. We cry over the losses along with all people of conscience in America and in the world.


AJR Congratulates Graduates Among America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis

March 20, 2013 | Filed in: News

AJR would like to congratulate Rabbi Elhanan “Sunny” Schnitzer, who was ordained as a cantor by AJR, and Rabbi Brent Spodek, an adjunct faculty member, for being included in the Forward’s list of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis. The complete list … Continue reading »


Intensive 2013

March 20, 2013 | Filed in: Intensive, News

AJR’s Spring Intensive Pluralism 2.0 that took place from March 10-12 was very successful and challenged us all to think about pluralism. The opening session was held at the Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan and attracted a substantial number … Continue reading »


AJR Dedicates New Space

February 6, 2013 | Filed in: News

AJR’s Hanukkat Habayit on January 27th was a wonderful day of learning and celebration. Over 140 people attended, appreciating AJR’s new home in Yonkers, studying in several classes, and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. Continue reading »


Pluralism 2.0: Decision Making on Pluralism’s Boundaries

January 17, 2013 | Filed in: Announcement, News

AJR will hosted open discussion about the pluralism on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Town and Village Synagogue. Click here to see the flyer with more information.


Dr. Ora Horn Prouser Book an Award Finalist

January 17, 2013 | Filed in: News

The AJR community would like to congratulate AJR’s Executive-Vice President and Academic Dean, Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, on her book Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs, being recognized as a finalist in the category of Education … Continue reading »


AJR Holds Retreat Combining Talmud and the Arts

December 12, 2012 | Filed in: News

At AJR’s annual retreat, ON THE FAST TRACK-TATE: Multimedia Approaches to Rabbinic Texts, our community learned how to use the arts to study and teach Talmudic text, and the nature of the Talmudic argument. Continue reading »